Despite the persistent pouting at country radio, the Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way is now topping Billboard's country album chart for the third straight week. So there! Things are similarly static on the singles side, where Kenny Chesney's "Summertime" is spending its second week at No. 1.
The Chicks did get unseated from the top of the all-genre Billboard after a No. 1 debut from punk revivalists AFI and their new album, Decemberunderground.
There's really not a lot of action on the current charts, but there are a few surprises. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road CD rockets into the No. 4 spot its first week out, and newcomer Danielle Peck's self-titled album makes its entrance at a very formidable No. 23. Propelled by the release of the movie, the soundtrack to A Prairie Home Companion leaps from No. 69 to No. 53.
After struggling for 10 weeks on the singles chart, Garth Brooks' "That Girl Is a Cowboy" appears to be on its way down, dropping back from its previous high point of No. 34 to No. 35. Eight weeks out, the Dixie Chicks' "Everybody Knows," the second single from their album, edges from No. 51 to No. 45.
The highest debut on the singles chart is Zona Jones' "I'll Give It to You," which breezes in at No. 57. Trent Tomlinson's "One Wing in the Fire" enters at No. 58, and Jeff Bates' "One Second Chance" checks in at No. 59.
Lined up behind the Chicks' album are Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang at No. 2, Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts at No. 3 and Tim McGraw's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 rounding out the Top 5. It's worth noting that after 33 weeks, The Legend of Johnny Cash is still a strong-selling No. 9.
Other albums entering the chart are the PovertyNeck Hillbillies' self-named package (No. 31), comic prankster Roy D. Mercer's Black & Blue (No. 38), the various artists collection, Strummin' With the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen (No. 66) and The Essential Roy Orbison (No. 75).
Keeping company with Chesney's topper on the singles chart are Phil Vassar's "Last Day Of My Life" (No. 2), Brad Paisley's "The World" (No. 3), Tim McGraw's "When the Stars Go Blue" (No. 4) and LeAnn Rimes' "Something's Gotta Give" (No. 5).
Coming on strong are Faith Hill's "Sunshine and Summertime," which vaults from No. 57 to No. 42, with Gretchen Wilson's "California Girls" right on its heels, zooming from No. 53 to No. 43. OK, it's not NASCAR. But I swear I saw something move.